Monthly Archives: July 2014

Pickles & Ice Cream

LucyIf you were seated at a table with a pregnant woman eating pickles and ice cream, you might be disgusted by the combination and yet, if you liked both pickles and ice cream, would be curious as to how they both tasted together. While you’d never indulge in eating this yourself, you can’t fault the pregnant woman for satisfying her cravings and would never think of taking the dish away from her. You can’t take the dish away from her because you like her; she enjoys it so you sit back at the table and watch her enjoy eating.

That’s how I felt watching Luc Besson indulge in mixing an action thriller with a science fiction hook in his new film, “Lucy,” an interesting hybrid of these two genres that if you allow yourself to think too much about the “why” or ask too many logical questions, you’ll really get disgusted. But, if you watch Besson combine these two genres that he loves and has shown a talent for- with his action thrillers “La Femme Nikita,” “The Professional” and in his writing of “Taken” or in his passion for sci-fi evident in “The Fifth Element”- you’re better off just sitting back and watching the pregnant woman eat. Continue reading

Hail Caesar!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a solid sequel to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, a smart and entertaining prequel to the “Planet of the Apes” franchise that started 46 years ago.

While I wasn’t a fan of this franchise, I did like the first “Planet of the Apes” from 1968 with Charlton Heston, mainly because I’m a Rod Serling fan and Serling wrote the original story. What followed were four sequels in the ‘70s as well as a subsequent TV series. Yet no matter how entertaining talking apes carrying semi-automatic weapons while riding horses and capturing humans may be, watching Roddy McDowall kiss/nuzzle Kim Hunter with a prosthetic monkey mouth just looked creepy. Even Tim Burton’s updated remake in 2001 had promise, but the rehash was just a novelty that made you remember how good the original really was. Continue reading